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Giant Lantern Festival 2019

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Giant Lantern Festival in Philippines 2019 - Best Time
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The Giant Lantern Festival in the city of San Fernando is an annual event that takes place during the month of December which is Christmas season in the Philippines. The Giant Lantern Festival Competition that takes place in mid-December is the main highlight of the festival. This is a competition between the creators of giant lanterns.

Usually, one lantern consists of multiple colours and may take different forms. The festival is so popular among natives and tourists that the city of San Fernando is considered to be the Christmas capital of the country. At first, the lanterns were made of simple available materials, such as bamboo. However, the tradition progressed, and the lanterns became bigger and more complicated. Nowadays, this festival is a display of electrical engineering possibilities.